Plastic Humpback Whales
Collage of a mother and calf humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae. Created with plastic and styrofoam marine debris collected from Half Moon Bay, CA, Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, and the great Pacific garbage patch, which are all places these animals travel between to breed and feed. 36 x 16 in. ©2018 GLM. Prints available for sale, contact artist for price.
Plastic is a wonder of convenience that has become a pervasive environmental problem, particularly in the ocean. Humpback whales are vulnerable because small bits of plastic can easily get mixed in with their food and get trapped in their baleen, causing them to ingest large amounts of debris. Plastics in the ocean will break down into ever-smaller pieces as they weather, but they never fully decompose.
Our Plastic Albatross
Collage portrait of the Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis, created with plastic marine debris collected at Kamilo beach, Hawaii, by Capt. Charles Moore of the ORV Alguita. Seabirds like the Laysan Albatross are extremely vulnerable to marine pollution because they mistake small bits of plastic for food and feed it to their chicks. 9 x 12 in. ©2015 GLM. Matted prints available for sale, $90.
Coral Bleaching Model I
Hand-painted model of a partially bleached coral, Pocillopora eydouxi. Warming ocean temperatures are causing more widespread and severe bleaching events in coral reefs than ever before. Bleached corals can recover with time, but continuous stress often leads to high reef mortality. My collaborators from the Hydrous photographed a living coral in Hawaii to create and 3-D print this model, and they will be using it to help educate the public about reef conservation. Acrylics, ©2017 GLM.
Coral bleaching model II
Hand-painted model of a partially bleached coral, Pocillopora verrucosa. 3-D printed from a living coral by the Hydrous. Acrylics, ©2017 GLM.
The effects of plastics in the Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis. Acrylics on illustration board. Used by MEarth/the Habitat as part of an interpretive sign. ©2006 GLM.